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Journalist, BBC Pidgin

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Job Introduction

The BBC World Service is embarking on an exciting journey with unprecedented investment in digital content for Africa and your role will be critical to us in meeting our ambitions.  At the BBC, we believe our mission is to inform, educate and connect the audiences from Africa to the rest of the world.

BBC Pidgin digital service aims to deliver our journalism in a lively and engaging fashion, with a focus on interactivity and the promotion of content on social media and across all platforms.  As one of our journalists, you will have a crucial role in leading our engagement with the audience.

By joining BBC Pidgin, you will be a part of the new team, including Yoruba and Igbo, which will serve our audiences in Nigeria and West Africa.  You will be based in Lagos, working alongside our operation in Abuja from where the BBC currently produces its Hausa service output.  There is a strong emphasis on reaching and connecting with young audiences.

We are now looking for two creative and versatile journalists who are passionate evangelists of digital storytelling.  One is a continuing contract; the other is fixed term for 12 months, both based in Lagos.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for two creative and experienced journalists with an excellent understanding of what makes brilliant digital journalism.  In this role you will work creatively across all digital platforms – audio, video and text – to ensure that the Pidgin service output develops and grows a distinctive character and status in its target area.  On a daily basis, you will engage actively with the audience ensuring consistency of output and making sure it conforms to our editorial standards.  You will also be required to do some field reporting.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have demonstrable journalistic experience, ideally in a digital newsroom environment.  You will be able to communicate to a broadcast-level standard of Pidgin and English (written and spoken).  You will have experience of delivering creative output online platforms.  Knowledge of local, regional and international news and current affairs is essential.  You will have knowledge of and recent experience of living in the target area, including a good understanding of the complexities of Nigeria.  Ability to work under pressure and to react to breaking news is important.

Package Description

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Contract: 1 x continuing contract & 1 x fixed term contract for 12 months - local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment is conditional upon you having the right work in Nigiera

Please submit your CV and questionnaire answer in English

About the Company

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We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

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